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North Park | Est. May 2019
A hip way to start the day
This one of the Restaurants in San Diego for late night lovers. It may interest you to know that North Park is more known for late nights than early mornings, but the opening of North Park Breakfast Company means that’s poised to change. Their menu is simple but extensive, with everything from yogurt bowls to mashed potato waffles (which are perfect for those who can’t decide between sweet and savory). This being North Park, the heart of hipster territory, there are several vegan options as well as mocktails to accompany the various cocktails, cold brews, and kombuchas.
Bankers Hill | Est. May 2019
Authentic Italian gets the California treatment
A duo of Michelin-starred chefs run the kitchen at Il Dandy, a much-hyped addition to the thriving San Diego food scene. The Calabrian-inspired menu features regional Italian favorites with a California spin, including locally-caught sea bass, spot prawns, and sea urchin served over spaghetti. There’s plenty of pizza and pasta, of course, but expect a much grander presentation with serious attention to detail. This eye for perfection extends to the decor as well; every inch of the gigantic space is lavishly and lovingly created with plenty of European touches paying homage to the Calabrian countryside.
North Park | Est. June 2019
Elevated brewpub that offers brunch, brews, and neighborhood views
This North Park newcomer gets its name from the first 40 acre plot that eventually became the modern day Mid-City neighborhood. Over the past few years, North Park has transformed into a drinking-and-dining destination for anyone looking for local beer and high-quality eats (both of which it boasts in abundance).
Head brewer Chris Gillogly is a local vet of the craft beer scene and keeps the taps flowing with a variety of beers like hazy IPAs, Mexican lagers, blonde ales, stouts, and a bevy of collaborations with other local breweries. The accompanying food menu is anything but your basic brewpub fare; think braised adobo ribs and mussels, rather than buffalo wings and onion rings. OG40 also recently opened for brunch, so you can turn a trip to this stylish brewery into an all-day affair.
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Del Mar | Est. July 2019
Star power and smokey flavors provide the heat at this small chain
The fourth location of this celebrity-backed wood-fired cuisine concept brings an elevated look to the already chic One Paseo development in the center of San Diego county.
With Michelin award-winning chef Michael Mina and restaurateur/cookbook author Ayesha Curry at the helm, the menu spans the globe in search of different approaches to utilizing fire and smoke in every dish. Plates like wood-fired oysters, Jamaican jerk chicken cutlets, and five-spice fried chicken capture the smells and tastes from around the world and present them in a fresh space that’s both kid-friendly and upscale without getting stuffy.
Sorrento Mesa | Est. January 2019
Just another San Diego brewery? With a food menu this good, think again
The ‘burbs play home to this gorgeous restaurant-brewery concept, the latest opening from the Whisknladle group. Opened in February 2019, Gravity Heights humbly aims to serve simply good beer and food in an inspired locale that’s decked out to the nines with plenty of air plants, wood, glass, and metal, all of which is more befitting of a hipster event space than a brewery or pizza joint.
Wood-fired pizzas are the star of the show here, as is the stacked bar munchies list chock full of interesting bites like banh mi crostini, bhel puri, Mexican street corn, and other globally-inspired dishes. A new beer list is rolled out every Monday, according to what was brewed most recently.
El Cajon | Est. January 2019
Authentic Texas barbecue that’s worth the drive
Owner and pitmaster Andy Harris opened the first Grand Ole BBQ y Asado in North Park to rave reviews, thanks to his unapologetic devotion to high-quality Central Texas-style barbecue in a town that historically lacked smoked meat-centric options. His second location, although a decent distance away from the city center, has proven to be a draw for folks looking for a chiller vibe and much more seating. (The addition of two full bars helps, too.) You can’t go wrong with the pulled pork and short ribs, but the Texas hot links are a surprise favorite.
Mission Hills | Est. January 2019
A multifaceted culinary experience in one of San Diego’s fanciest neighborhoods
The third opening from the Trust Restaurant Group (following Trust and Hundred Proof), Fort Oak debuted in Mission Hills in January 2019. It’s situated in the new mixed-use building The Fort, and offers disjointed bars and dining rooms that provide a variety of experiences, including the main dining room, a separate bar, and a chef’s table section with a grill and intimate seating.
Similar to Trust, the menu at Fort Oak zeroes in on wood-fired cooking with surprising and creative twists. One of the most exciting aspects is the bar, which is housed in an old Ford dealership away from the main dining room; the cocktail menu features a separate section for both martinis and low-ABV drinks, ensuring something for everyone.
San Ysidro | Est. 2018
San Diego’s best taco shop comes from a Tijuana transplant
This casual, unassuming, bare-bones taco shop overlooking the border in San Ysidro is likely one of San Diego’s best new openings as well as its best taco shop. Tuétano Taqueria is the effort of Priscilla Curiel, a graduate of the culinary program at the Arts Institute and a scion of a family of Tijuana restaurateurs. Her birria is the star of the show, executed perfectly and the reason for the name — just don’t forget to order it with a side of bone marrow.
Carlsbad | Est. December 2018
Stodgy French classics get a facelift at this modern take on a classic bistro
January saw the debut of Jeune et Jolie in Carlsbad village, just up the road from its sister restaurant, Campfire. Billing itself an exuberant new spin on a French restaurant, the quality manages to live up to the hype with dishes like rabbit sausage, prawns with peanut in consomme, and a cote de boeuf with parsley root. The drinks are just as inspired, too: there’s a stacked list of lower-intervention wines, as well as a collection of cocktails that pay tribute to former French colonies like Vietnam, Haiti, and Algeria.
East Village | Est. August 2018
Fast-casual counter service spot serving fancy tacos
One of the most highly anticipated openings of the year, Lola 55 finally opened in late summer 2018 in the IDEA1 building near Petco Park after two years of culinary research and development. The name of the game at Lola 55 is fast casual: It’s counter service only, with higher-end tacos making up the majority of the menu along with a fully stacked bar serving refreshing cocktails.